Pelikula has been intervening in the paradigm shifts of knowledge production in the field—from 1999, during the transition from celluloid to digital, and since 2019, in the sharpening focus on "regional" formations. Departing from the construction of Philippine cinema as an abstract and undifferentiated category plotted along industrial and national axes, the journal has eschewed essentialism and chauvinism and welcomed alternative imaginings of a variegated, polycentric, and transforming Filipino film.
PLACES, Pelikula's extension program, broadens and deepens the journal's goal of documenting Filipino moving-image production beyond conventionally recognized centers. Through collaborations, workshops, seminars, and mentorship, the program engages with new and emergent writers and cinephiles with roots in and attachment to local film communities to publish dossiers that could serve as forays and markers into understanding the works, contexts, cultures, and histories of placemaking and place-based cinemas.
For 2023, Pelikula PLACES invited writers and cinephiles from Cagayan de Oro City and General Santos City to apply for its inaugural edition. The seminar and mentorship sessions shall all be conducted by Pelikula’s editorial team. Mentors and lecturers include Mindanao-based writers and regional cinema scholars.